Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport

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Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
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Airport typePublic
Serves Belize City
Location Ladyville
Hub for
Elevation  AMSL 5 m / 16 ft
Coordinates 17°32′21″N088°18′30″W / 17.53917°N 88.30833°W / 17.53917; -88.30833 Coordinates: 17°32′21″N088°18′30″W / 17.53917°N 88.30833°W / 17.53917; -88.30833
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Location in Belize
Direction LengthSurface
07/252,9509,678 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft movements31,266
Source: Passenger and aircraft movement statistics from PGIA airport [1]

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport( IATA : BZE, ICAO : MZBZ) is an airport that serves the nation of Belize's largest city, Belize City along the eastern coast of Central America. It was named after politician Philip S. W. Goldson, who died in 2001. The airport is about 30 minutes drive from Belize City's centre, in Ladyville. The airport is at an elevation of 5 m (16 ft), which means both the airport and the entirety of Belize City are at risk of serious flooding due to its low elevation and coastal location. For this reason, Belize's capital has been moved to Belmopan, but it remains the largest and busiest in the country. With stable passenger growth, Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport is currently the fifth busiest airport in Central America.



Originally known as Belize International Airport, the airport was renamed in honor of Philip S. W. Goldson on 7 February 1988. [2]

Military use

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Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize

Due to the Belizean–Guatemalan territorial dispute, Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport has hosted several military units over the years since its construction. In 1984, a senior US Air Force General stated that it was "the best defended airfield in Central America". [3] Most notable residents have been Headquarters British Forces Belize, No. 1417 (Tactical Ground Attack) Flight RAF operating Harrier Jump Jets, No. 1563 (Helicopter support) Flight RAF, resident Anti-Aircraft Squadrons of the RAF Regiment, resident helicopter units of the Army Air Corps, HarDet Belize, Butcher Radar and Belize Defence Forces, among others. Price Barracks is a military installation located just north of the airport, which was formerly known as Airport Camp, the headquarters of British Forces Belize.[ citation needed ]

Airlines and destinations


Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson
Alaska Airlines Seasonal: Los Angeles, Seattle (both begin November 19, 2021) [4]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami
Seasonal: Charlotte
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador
Copa Airlines Panama City–Tocumen
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Maya Island Air Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Corozal, Dangriga, Placencia, Punta Gorda, San Pedro
Southwest Airlines Houston–Hobby (resumes November 7, 2021) [5]
Seasonal: Denver (resumes November 20, 2021) [6]
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Transportes Aéreos Guatemaltecos Cancún, Flores, Guatemala City
Tropic Air Belize City–Municipal, Cancún, Caye Caulker, Chetumal, Corozal, Dangriga, Flores, Mérida, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Roatán, San Ignacio, San Pedro
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Denver, Newark
WestJet Seasonal: Calgary, Toronto–Pearson


Amerijet International Cancun, Ciudad del Carmen, Mérida, Miami


See source Wikidata query and sources.

Future plans

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport will have integrated access with proposed Belize City Central Railway Station.[ citation needed ]

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  2. "Airport Gets New Name; Ground Broken for New Terminal Building". Belize Today. Belize Information Service. February 1988.
  3. "Belize". Armed Forces: 182. 1984. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  4. "Alaska Airlines expands in Central America with new service to Belize" . Retrieved 27 May 2021.